The BookBum Club: June Theme Reviews

Hello everyone! I’m here today to bring you all the reviews for The BookBum Club’s June theme. The theme was MOVIE NIGHT, so let’s see what everyone thought of their movie adapted novels!

Just a quick note to apologise for how late this is!! I was on holiday for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month and I’ve only now just found time to collate this post!

As before, everyone’s reviews with small snippets are below. They are all linked to the actual review, so please follow them and have a read!

On blogs:

I read The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

“I really cannot recommend picking up Levin’s work enough. He’s definitely a favourite author of mine.”


Captain’s Quarters read Passage by Justin Cronin

“I will not be reading the rest of the series. I am grateful to the book for the fun and thought-provoking discussions that the first mate and I enjoyed.”


What Cathy Read Next read Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten

“I found this book absolutely fascinating and would recommend it to anyone interested in this period of European history or the role of leadership in time of crisis.”


Keeper of Pages read Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

“Overall, I’m happy to have finally read this memoir, and as mentioned earlier, it’s a shame I didn’t read it prior to watching the film so I had no pre-emptive notions of anything.”


Me and My Mundane Life read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“There are some aspects of the book that were great but overall it was just average but then I watched the movie and my impression of the book has vastly improved.”


The Opinionated Reader read Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

“It’s such a pity, really…There was so much potential and at times, the writing was remarkable. Like a mist and a storm…However, upon reading the last page, I was underwhelmed and disappointed…


GNTxReads read Wonder by R. J. Palacio

“I consider this book to be an excellent way to teach young people some very important values and that perhaps it will make us think twice about how we react to those we may label as different.”


Misty’s Book Space read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – has tagged spoilers

“While a lot of things annoyed me Cassandra Clare still managed to draw me into the story and make me want to continue with the series.”


Paperback Piano read Stardust by Neil Gaiman – this is a slightly different kind of post!

“I recently read Stardust for the second time and was reminded why it’s one of my favourite Neil Gaiman novels.”


On Goodreads:

Sue read The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

“Although they are not really meant for adult tastes, the natural pictures and insightful comments on the British military and the Indian wildlife made the reading a much more historically accurate and deeper piece of fiction.”

and The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“This was such a fun book to read and brought back all the magic that was so aptly covered in the movie.”

and As You Wish by Cary Elwes

“A mystical, funny, swashbuckling romance of a book.”

and The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“There is so much pain, so much forgiveness, and so much heart in this book.”


Quirkyreader read The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre

“Even though some of the elements in this story are dated, it is still a powerful novel.


Magical_Bookworm read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“I ended up enjoying this book much more than I thought I would.”


Luke read The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

“I’ve been generous and given the book one star, the one star being that it created an iconic story and a few decent films.”


Alex read Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt

“The author has done an excellent job of presenting her research into a complex case in a cohesive, accessible and engaging way.”


Chan read Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

“Overall I don’t really know what to make of this book. It’s hard to pinpoint what didn’t quite work for me, but – and I’m reluctant to say that – I hope, the movie is better…


Tara read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

“Not only did I enjoy the novel but I also appreciated the appendices at the end of the book which summarized the Austen novels as well as providing historical and literary responses to Austen’s work.”


Jan01 read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

“Overall I think that the book has some very decent world building as well as an entertaining plot with a couple of very interesting characters.”


Lissa read Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

“I  did not enjoy this book. I felt that Susanna was absent from the book for a good portion of it, that she was just an observer in her life and experiences.”

There we have it! Those are the reviews from everyone who joined in for the month of June! Please let me know if you read a book for the Club but I missed your review – I will add it in straight away.

Don’t forget, you can join The BookBum Club at any point! We’re currently reading for the July theme THAT IS SO LAST YEAR… read a book you were meant to read last year!

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